Apartment Therapy Interview...Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Part 2

Apartment Therapy Interview...Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Part 2

Rebecca Orlov
May 13, 2009

We hope you enjoyed part 1 of our interview with designer, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. Today is part 2 of Apartment Therapy's interview with Martyn and you can learn about timeless design, influence of travel and global design plus budget tips and design ideas for 2009. Check it out after the jump.

AT readers always looking for resourceful ways to incorporate great design into their spaces. What are your best design tips on a budget?

Martyn: The best fix to freshen an interior is to add throw pillows. They provide fresh colors and give the room an instant lift that's inexpensive and fast. And when you want a new look just change them out again.

We love that your global travels have inspired you. What has been the most influential place you've visited

Martyn: I am so inspired by my travels; my collection of fabrics that I just launched was totally inspired from my visits to Istanbul. The Sultan's Suzani fabric was literally inspired by tiles in the Topkapi Palace. I also loved India and the colorful flavor of their culture. Morocco is my heart, the passion and beauty of the land and the strange, exotic cities are breathtaking where you can walk through a plain door into a magical palace courtyard. The Tangier table in my furniture collection is a direct inspiration from one of these trips, and you see influence from all these countries in so many of my interiors.

We love your timeless design! What are your tips for creating a room that will last through the years?

Martyn: I think a timeless interior is created by combining styles and periods. Never go for what is timely at the moment, but pick from all the styles you love and then carefully mix them together. As the great Oscar Wilde once said "all beautiful things belong to the same time". So use that in your decorative mix and you will have a timeless, beautiful interior. For instance, my client Cheryl Tiegs has a mix of African objects, a Colonial beds, Chinese side tables, and a Swiss painted chest, together they create a magical, tropical bedroom.

What would you say are the design trends for 2009?

Martyn: The design trends for 2009 are definitely influenced by the 1970's. Crazy silver foil wallpaper, plexi-glass furniture, chrome, gold and mixed metal furniture, smoked mirrors and glass and of course furry shaggy rugs. I love it!

Thanks, Martyn!

Check out part 1 of Apartment Therapy's interview with Martyn here. And click here to learn more about Martyn's work.

Images: Tim Street-Porter

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